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01 November 2009 @ 08:30 pm
We're in a bit of a holding pattern. S'nP Mike has, I think, finished spackling. In addition to tending the seams and nail holes in the ceiling, he's also repaired the corners that were covered by strips of rounded molding as well as some of the more noticeable bumps and divots in our inarguably wonky walls. Honestly. This house. One of these days I might just take you on a photo tour of where doors once were, or the many textures and levels of flooring, or the electrical outlets (spoiler alert: one's in a door frame!). Heavens forfend I set a level down anywhere. The point is, though, that all of this spackling now will ultimately yield a much smoother surface when we come to project's end.

First: a brief history of our living room. About three years ago, Don decided we really ought to paint the long wall. Since the room was already a bit dark, we went for a vivid, Big Bird yellow. We lived with that about a year before deciding it was a bit too taxing on the eye and went an entirely different route: deep, rich hunter green. Now, that's one of my favorite colors, and I know that this and brick red (the color of our bedroom door, and those which lead into my office) and deep blue make for gorgeous walls... only not so much in short-ceilinged rooms that are further darkened by poorly installed wooden wainscot on said short ceiling.

Still, once S'nP Mike started spackling the irregularities, that long, dark green wall looked sort of cool.


If you look closely, you'll see some interesting stuff. Hey! HEY!! It's Snuffleupagus! Or Jimmy Durante - who was, in fact, the inspiration for the beloved Sesame Street character.†


I call this one, "Snail, retreating from the Nothing."



It's a damned good thing that wasn't Artax-shaped.

Merman, diving!


Mermaid, diving!




Next up is sanding, then priming, then fixing the numerous gaps and irregularities prior to painting (which will include not only the ceiling and walls, but also the doors and ALL of the trim. I am ridiculously excited). Part of me wants to paint that long wall with chalkboard paint and always have a tub of colored chalk at hand. Another part of me - the one that's paying to have these walls professionally painted - is looking at warm, simple, cozy colored paint chips. More on that tomorrow!

I made that up, but please don't tell anyone. Let's see how long it takes for that bit of misinformation to go viral! I've done my duty and tweeted it.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on November 2nd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
I'm looking through paint chips too. I have in my mind a neutral color like I've seen in so many shows on HGTV.
Some of the names in the Behr line are Comforting or Brioche. I tried two paint samples on the wall of Arabian Sand and Toasted wheat. One looked like the color of flesh and the other seems too dark. I hate deciding on a color.
Kelladyjoust on November 2nd, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
S'nP Mike gets a discount on a certain brand of paint, though if there's another brand where I like the color they can mix to match.

So far, most of my favorites have been things like "Moondance" or "Sweet Cream." I know it's silly, but if I hate the name, I will NOT give the color serious consideration. And I, like you, absolutely LOATHE the process of choosing a color.


Oh, and I'm sorry the estimate to replace your windows was so high. Have you considered getting a second opinion?
gardenfaieriesgardenfaieries on November 2nd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Looks like your really moving along. I hate picking out paint too, all my paint colors have been named after food! French toast, coffee ice cream, toast, rice cake, etc... LOL LOVE FOOD!!! *(and it shows too) :)
Kel: barney hearts tacosladyjoust on November 2nd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
What is it with the predilection for naming paint colors after food? Is it meant to appeal to a broader range of senses? Hmm.

No surprise: the color I decided on? FOOD NAME.
gardenfaieriesgardenfaieries on November 2nd, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
LOL Those smartypants ad men...they know how much WE women LOVE FOOD! Who can forget the over use of "cafe au latte" it's everywhere! lol :)
Kelladyjoust on November 2nd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
random yet true fact: I am married to a smartypants Ad Man.

Okay, so he doesn't name paints, but he does enjoy my cooking!
gardenfaieriesgardenfaieries on November 3rd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
OOPS! just trying to be a smarta** lol :) sorry
Kelladyjoust on November 3rd, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
No worries! In point of fact, thanks to him I know all too well how the ad industry works. Fortunately, he has some pretty cool accounts to counterbalance the drudgery.